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Bethel native Natalie Hanson has set a new American record in women’s powerlifting. On Saturday, in Milwaukee, Hanson squatted 578.7 pounds, more than three times her body weight, and more than 33 pounds over the former record. The 26-year-old set the new all-time-high at the USA Powerlifting Wisconsin State Open Championship. 

2017 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race Red Lantern Roger Lee.
Dean Swope / KYUK

On the last day of the week, following the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, we're going to hear from the final musher who crossed the Bethel finish line. After training for a lifetime total of eleven weeks, it was a Red Lantern for Roger Lee, who finished the race on Monday morning at 9:16 a.m. with a total elapsed time of 62 hours and 46 minutes. KYUK talked with Lee about completing his first K300 and what brought a career-military man to mushing.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Over the weekend, you heard and saw a lot from KYUK reporters about the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Races. While KYUK was on the trail, student reporters were in Bethel producing stories on the races. The seven students came from Kwethluk, Mekoryuk, Quinhagak, and Bethel to take part in the Lower Kuskokwim School District’s Multimedia Journalism class.

During an intense weekend of dog mushing coverage, LKSD Student Journalists produced six videos featuring Kuskokwim 300 mushers, volunteers, organizers, and fans. If you haven't seen them already, check them out here. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Watch this Kuskokwim 300 overview video produced by student journalists from the Lower Kuskokwim School District.

Student journalists from Kwethluk, Bethel, Mekoryuk, and Quinhagak joined forces to cover the 2017 Kuskokwim 300 race weekend in Bethel, January 17-23.

The Multimedia Journalism class is in its fifth year. Students from the Lower Kuskokwim School District apply for the class, and are selected based on skill set and interest.

Katie Basile / KYUK

Freezing cold temperatures didn't stop mushers and fans from celebrating the 38th Kuskokwim 300 weekend. Check out these moments captured over the weekend of January 20, 2017, from the start of the Bogus Creek 150 to the finishers of the Kuskokwim 300. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

Kuskokwim 300 finishers, Pete Kaiser, Brent Sass and Richie Diehl share a few words with KYUK after crossing the finish line. Watch these exclusive KYUK interviews.

K300 2nd Place Brent Sass from KYUK on Vimeo.

Richie Diehl k300 3rd place from KYUK on Vimeo.

Katie Basile / KYUK

His was the team to beat and no-one could. Sunday morning for the third year in a row, Pete Kaiser won the 2017 Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race, crossing the finish line in Bethel at 10:37 a.m. to loud cheers from his hometown crowd..  His leader Palmer brought home the nine-dog team, 28 minutes faster than last year.

Hardwick Safe In Aniak, Scratches from K300

Jan 22, 2017
Adrian Wagner / KYUK

Victoria Hardwick has made it safely back to the Aniak checkpoint after being out on the ice in -40 degree weather for close to 15 hours. Hardwick has scratched and was assisted in getting to Aniak after her dogs would not move.

At around 10 o’clock Saturday evening at the Aniak check most mushers had made it though and were on their way to Kalskag, except for Victoria Hardwick and Rodger Lee. Hardwick, in her third year of mushing, left Kalskag after not getting much rest.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Increments of about 20 minutes separate the three front runners of the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. Defending champion Pete Kaiser of Bethel arrived in Tuluksak, the final checkpoint before the finish, at 1:22 a.m. Last year’s runner up, Brent Sass of Eureka, arrived at 1:42 a.m. And Richie Diehl of Aniak, who finished fourth last year, arrived at 2:08 a.m. After a four-hour layover, the race to the finish will begin.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Bethel rookie Victoria Hardwick hasn't moved for a couple hours from a spot on the trail about 15 miles outside Aniak, as of 12:00 Sunday morning. Musher Roger Lee passed her on the trail and told crew at the Aniak check point that said she's stuck northeast of Whitefish Lake. She's been out there a few hours and couldn't get team moving. Late Saturday evening, Aniak checkpoint volunteers went on snowmachines to check on her as temperatures dip towards 40 below zero. The crews called to report Hardwick will push on. They brought her firewood to keep warm, but she did not except it.